July 27, 2012- Law enforcement officials from all over the U.S. along with the Drug Enforcement Administration hit a number of synthetic drug labs that netted 90 arrests and the confiscation in cash of over $36 million. Millions of different packets of drugs were also found in the raids. The crackdown was the first of its kind nationwide against synthetic drugs. The total take in drug packets of cannabinoids exceeded 4.8 million.
Law enforcement agents also found material to manufacture another 13.6 million packages. In addition, over 167,000 packages were found with synthetic hallucinogens that are commonly now today as “bath salts.” There were also enough materials to manufacture another 392,000 packets that was also seized.
The raid was known as Operation Log Jam and was an effort between federal and local law enforcement and the DEA. The raids took place in over 90 cities, in 30 states said officials at a Thursday news conference.
Twenty-nine manufacturing facilities were raided, from very small scale to large scale that encompassed complete warehouses. Officials said the web between those who supply the drugs and the distributors is huge and very complex. In addition to the cash and drugs seized, officials confiscated fifty-three weapons and over $6 million in total assets.
The Internal Revenue Service was also involved in the operation to follow the money trail from the sale of drugs on the streets back to the people in charge of the different operations.